What To Expect When You’re Expecting, First Year & Second Year Review


What To Expect Baby Book Review

What To Expect When You’re Expecting

Plus.. What To Expect The First Year & Second Year Book Reviews!

Finding out that I was pregnant with my son was a very exciting, happy, and cheerful time in my life. My jaw (literally) dropped and I stood in amazement as I gazed at the positive pregnant test. Was this really going to happen in 7-8 months? Would I make a great mother, or fail because I had NO clue about changing diapers or mixing baby formula with water (you mix it with water, right?).

As the worry and nervous energy began to set in, I remember feeling a huge weight lift off my shoulders as my best friend handed me a copy of What To Expect When You’re Expecting by Heidi Murkoff, which is truly the bible of pregnancy – hands down!

Every woman (and man, too!) has heard of "What To Expect" and every woman that has ever carried a baby has read this book – front to back! I knew that I should expect to read the book and know EVERYTHING I had to know once I was done. As someone that had not cared for a baby in years (big sister to two little brothers and babysitting in junior high still didn’t constitute knowing how to be a mother though…), I needed something to lead me through the next few months.

I was only pregnant for 4-6 weeks and already felt mentally exhausted from using Internet search engines to diagnose every ache, pain, and movement that I felt in my belly. I needed a COMPLETE guide to tell me what I was going through. What To Expect When You’re Expecting gave me all that I needed – and then some! I felt fulfilled and prepared to undergo pregnancy with munch more confidence than before.

I received small bits of advice and knowledge from my mother and a friend, but my mom was giving me 20+ year old advice and I only had ONE girlfriend with a child so far. I was seriously lacking the experienced pregnant woman advice that women need during this scary and new time as their bodies change. Thankfully, I had What To Expect.

What To Expect When Expecting

I recently received THREE books from the famed What To Expect line that I couldn’t wait to share with all of you! Firstly, I received What To Expect When You’re Expecting. Although I had previously owned a copy, I still found myself reading it again!

My son is ONLY 3-years-old, but it’s been a few years and I don’t know about all of you – but my memory is burnt! We could all use a refresher even during our 2nd, 3rd, or 4th pregnancies. I am sure you will find me reading this book again should we have a 3rd child!

My favorite part of What To Expect When You’re Expecting? It’s simple enough to read in one seating (okay, maybe a few seatings – but I mean from start to end!), easy enough to browse and jump around, and even better to skim to find what you are going through for tips and advice. I love to skip around and reveal what is bound to happen in the next few weeks to months, but I also leave a bookmark to keep track of my current stage/week of pregnancy so that I know where I am at and what is coming next. 

VBAC Cesarean Section

Since my first pregnancy ended in an unplanned emergency c-section, I am starting to consider and decide what I will do in January as I give birth to my 2nd child. Do I want to plan a cesarean section? Would I like to consider a VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean)? These are the issues that are becoming quite relevant and important as I read What To Expect When You’re Expecting this second time around. 

Next up is What To Expect The First Year and What To Expect The Second Year. I haven’t had a chance to browse either of these books in the past, so I am really enjoying them now! Even though my son is 3-years-old, I am still finding a lot of amazing tips, knowledge, and parenting advice that will forever be a vital component and tool as a parent. I’ve picked up tips, such as using a toilet paper roll to determine if a small toy or part is safe for my child. 

Toddler Toy Safety Tips

"Anything that can fit through a toilet paper roll can present a choking hazard to young toddlers"

Advice such as this toilet paper roll tip is useful and something I never considered in the past. I’ve always wondered if THIS or THAT is appropriate for my little man, but I never thought about what size of an item would constitute a safe or unsafe measurement to prevent choking hazards in the playroom!

What To Expect First Year   What To Expect Second Year

Expect Second Year Maternity Books

Following along with the same basic premise and appearance as What To Expect When You’re Expecting, the First Year and Second Year parenting guide books from Heidi Murkoff are laid out well enough for any parent to flip through and diagnose, assist, relieve, or educate themselves just as fast as their little one can run across the room!

It’s no wonder why Murkoff has planned her books out in such an easy to use manner; she understands that we are constantly on-the-go. We don’t have the time that we WISH we had to sit down and read an entire parenting novel just to figure out the right formula. When we need to know why our child is pulling on their teeth – we want to know 5-minutes ago!

These three books are a primary source of parenting advice and knowledge that will definitely remain an important part of my book collection! While I have a good amount of parenting books that have collected dust over the years, I can promise you that the What To Expect series will avoid dust for sure! These books are a must for any expectant mother all the way through raising and parenting your children. 

WhatToExpect.com Logo

In addition to the extensive "What To Expect" book series, I am also a huge fan of the website, WhatToExpect.com! The site offers much more than one would expect and has become a vital component and tool to my everyday parenting and pregnancy needs.

You’ll find specific topics for every sort of parenting and maternity dilema, symptom, cramp, pain, behavioral issue or medical advice from preconception through toddler! I recently referred one of my girlfriends to the What To Expect forum and advice columns since she was seeking advice for conceiving a baby. She had NO idea this was available; she assumed "What To Expect" was only for pregnancy through baby, which is furthest from the truth!


Mama Says...

Buy It!

All three of these books are available on the WhatToExpect.com Bookstore website. 

Be sure to "Like" What To Expect on Facebook and "Follow" @WhatToExpect on Twitter for additional product information, news, updates, and promotions. Keep up to date and find out what you should expect when you’re expecting direct from the source!

 Win It!

What To Expect Books

MamaNYC is giving away TWO sets of all three books included in this review! TWO lucky winners will receive: What To Expect When You’re Expecting, What To Expect The First Year, and What To Expect The Second Year! ($48.00 value/each winner). Open to residents WORLDWIDE; 18+. This giveaway will end on September 11, 2012 @ 11:59pm (EST). 

Good Luck & Happy Parenting!


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  • http://twitter.com/raspberrynix Nixie Go

    this is a good book for an expectant mom. Preparing to become a mom is very essential role as a woman though I hadn’t experience that but of course someday I will!

  • Tara

    When I had my first child I pored over these books and think I read them front to back.

    • http://www.mamanyc.net Nicole

      Me too, Tara! I didn’t think I would read it as much as I have this second time around, but I am.. Very surprising (for me, personally), but I thought about it and this information never grows old. There’s surely some stuff I missed the first time around (or, maybe screwed up on with my son? LOL!), so I am once again reading “When You’re Expecting” from front to back. I’ve been browsing First and Second Year (ok, more than browsing – digging in for sure!). Lots of great advice on safety, medical/emergency issues, behavioral problems, etc. Even though my son is THREE – it all applies just as well!

  • Michelle F.

    Love what to expect when you are expecting. Now that i have a 3 month old I would love the other 2 books

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  • ThePixieSprinkles

    When I was pregnant with my first 5 years ago, I read this book cover to cover! I also had the 1st year book as well. I didn’t even know there was a 2nd year one! lol Now that I am about to deliver #2, I have been looking through it as a refresher course! lol Great books! Thanks for the review and letting me know there was a book in the set I am missing! =)

  • Vikki Cousin

    These books were helpful. I read them before and after my child was born. They offered information that I hadn’t heard before.